Rangers manager Steven Gerrard believes Kilmarnock will return to the style that found them much success under Steve Clarke after Angelo Alessio’s sacking – and insists the only way footballers can enjoy Christmas is by getting results.

Gerrard’s side welcomes Killie to Ibrox on Boxing Day and Gerrard thinks the Ayrshire side will look a lot more familiar than they did when the sides met at the start of the season.

ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 04: Rangers manager Steven Gerrard during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Aberdeen and Rangers at Pittodrie Stadium on December 4, 2019 in Aberdeen, Scotland.

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With Clarke’s former assistant Alex Dyer in charge, Gerrard admits it “won’t surprise” him if the “best” Kilmarnock arrive at Ibrox on Thursday afternoon.

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“I predict they will go back to the style which got them a lot of success under Steve Clarke,” Gerrard told the Daily Record.

“That was a tight, really narrow team block with pace, which can hit you on the counter-attack. That’s what they have done previously at Ibrox and got a lot of success from it.

“Alex Dyer has been around Clarkie for so long, and still works with him for the national team, it won’t surprise me if we see the best and organised Kilmarnock at Ibrox.



“It may be Christmas but for us it’s work, work, work. We gave the players a couple of down days after Friday night to finish their shopping and see their families.

“It’s a busy time and we must be focused. There’s only one way to enjoy Christmas as a footballer – and that’s by getting results.”

After only picking up two points against Clarke’s side last season, the Gers win the first meeting with Alessio’s side this time around and will be looking for three points again on Thursday.

KILMARNOCK, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 04: Kilmarnock manager Angelo Alessio looks on during the Ladbrokes Premier League match between Kilmarnock and Rangers at Rugby Park on August 04, 2019 in Kilmarnock, Scotland.

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Dyer’s side will likely look much more like Clarke’s but the Light Blues should have more than enough to pick up three points ahead of Sunday’s Old Firm clash.

With the prospect of any mistake proving catastrophic in the title race, Rangers can’t afford any mistakes between now and the winter break.

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